Man killed in wild Brooklyn crash was father of four who built homes in Haiti

Instead of celebrating Haitian Independence Day, the family of a man killed in a wild Brooklyn crash spent the first day of the New Year trying to make sense of his death.

“He was a real, real nice man,” said a friend of Francois Cadely. “He displayed goodness.”

Cadely, 70, plunged to his death Friday when his Audi Q5 barreled through a concrete Jersey barrier and fell 40 feet to the tracks of a Long Island Rail Road yard, according to police.

Cadely was behind the wheel of the car and a 60-year-old woman was in the passenger seat when he pulled out of a McDonald’s parking lot on Atlantic Ave. in Prospect Heights two blocks from the Barclays Center around 12:40 p.m., cops said.

He lost control of the wheel and accelerated, winding up heading west across Vanderbilt Ave., they added.

He crashed through the barrier and fence on Vanderbilt Ave. near Pacific St. and nosedived to the ground below.

The Audi hit the ground on its driver’s side, cops said.

Medics took Cadely and the woman to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where Cadely died.

The woman, whom his family does not know, was in critical condition with chest and back injuries.

While police initially said Cadely suffered a medical episode, his family told the Daily News the Medical Examiner’s office informed them that was not the case.

At his home in Canarsie on Sunday, his family and friends gathered to mourn the man’s death. They cried over bowls of soup joumou, a pumpkin soup that symbolize’s Haitian independence from France.

“He’s leaving behind three daughters and one son, but we have family support,” said his daughter Velldreice Cadely.

The victim had lived in the States since 1980, working for an insurance company that helps immigrants get coverage.

“He put his niece through medical school and paid for everything,” said his close friend Louveau Jean. “Any money he had, he would share it with others.”

Cadely worked to put homes up in Haiti, on top of other charitable outreach.

“He formed groups of people to put our money together to send 10 children to school and build wells so people have fresh water to drink,” Jean said. “He had a spirit with him, you’d never see him down or upset.”

“Him and I love Haiti,” Jean added. “He tried to help the Haitian people.”